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Will colleges superscore the ACT writing?

tkdkicktkdkick Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
edited June 2012 in ACT Preparation
I remember a Northwestern admissions rep saying that Northwestern doesn't superscore the ACT, but only looks at the highest Composite score. But later he said that they take best the writing score with the best Composite score.

This means if you get Composite 34, writing 8; and Composite 32, and writing 10; then it looks like Composite 34, writing 10.

Does anyone know if this is what other schools will do? I know most schools don't superscore the ACT subscores.
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Replies to: Will colleges superscore the ACT writing?

  • tkdkicktkdkick Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
    BUMP.. anyone please?
  • tkdkicktkdkick Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
    i'm going to bump this question...
  • cc123sbcc123sb Registered User Posts: 455 Member
    Most schools disregard the essay grade anyway (assuming your score is 8+). But generally, no. The vast majority of elite schools don't superscore the ACT at all, so I doubt they superscore only the essay/writing.
  • WJSidisWJSidis Registered User Posts: 75 Junior Member
    If a school superscores the ACT they probably take the highest of the writing scores submitted.
  • skarmikaskarmika Registered User Posts: 22 New Member
    I don't think most schools superstore the act
  • cc123sbcc123sb Registered User Posts: 455 Member
    The best way to find out is to check or contact the admissions offices of the colleges you're interested in. Ironically, there is no standard school policy for standardized tests, so you must check individually with every school you plan on applying to.
  • WJSidisWJSidis Registered User Posts: 75 Junior Member
    @Sharmika: Actually, a lot of schools do superscore the ACT, including Cornell, Brown, UC Berkeley, NYU, etc.
  • PsychoDad10PsychoDad10 Registered User Posts: 1,190 Senior Member
    Why is it so difficult for schools to superscore the ACT? If they do it for the SAT, then they are, whether or not they admit it, favoring the SAT.
  • blahblah9393blahblah9393 - Posts: 606 Member
    @Sharmika: Actually, a lot of schools do superscore the ACT, including Cornell, Brown, UC Berkeley, NYU, etc.
    None of those schools superscore the ACT except for NYU.
    Why is it so difficult for schools to superscore the ACT? If they do it for the SAT, then they are, whether or not they admit it, favoring the SAT.
    Scores can be canceled on the ACT at any point so it's completely fair not to superscore the ACT.
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